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Gostelow House, a grade II listed, 16th century half-timbered house

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 cloakroom, sleeps up to 14

Gostelow House, circa 1540, is a Grade II listed building surrounded by ¾ acre of secure gardens. There is an outdoor pool, bar, patio area and barbecues for your use. This family house is of half timbered Tudor design, and whilst it retains its character with inglenook fireplaces and low ceilings and beams it has all the modern touches you would expect.

The house is situated in the small village of Chalton which has a farm selling fresh free range eggs. There is a good dining pub a few steps from the house. The larger village of Toddington is 2 miles away and has a historic church, a library, a number of village shops, various takeaways and four pubs. Leagrave, a suburb of Luton is 3 miles away with fast access to London (45 min) and Bedford (20 min). Milton Keynes 15 miles to the north, offers a wealth of shopping and entertainment. Oxford and Cambridge are an hour's drive away.

Carole Smart
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018


Chalton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom - toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Main - 1 queen , Dual aspect, 5' bed
    Lilac - 1 double , Overlooks back garden, 4'6
    Green - 1 double , An Eaves room overlooking the back garden, 4'6
    Chinese - 1 double , Overlooks the front garden, 4' bed
    Attic - 1 double , 4'6 bed
    Study - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Leads from the spiral staircase to the Attic Room
    Lounge - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofabed
  • 5 doubles, 1 futon, 1 sofa bed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Children over 12 welcome (unless peviously agreed). Culture: Woburn Abbey the home of the Duke of Bedfordshire (15 min), Ascott House the Rothschilds hunting lodge (20 min), St Alban's Cathedral and Roman Verulaneum (30 min), London (45 min by train), Oxford (1 hour), Cambridge (1hour). Sporting: Skiing at Xscape (20 min), the largest real snow slope in Europe, Watersports (20 min), Gliding (15 min), the London Gliding Club,Golf (5 min), Walking (5 min), Clay Pigeon Shooting (5 min), Archery (15 min). Leisure: Knebworth House and Wrest Park (20 min), for various styles of concert, The Stables (20 min), the Laine Dankworth Centre, Bedforshire's only vineyard (20 min), Old Warden. Gardens: Toddington Manor (5 min), Swiss Gardens (20 min). Animal life: Woburn Safari Park (15 min), Whipsnade Zoo (15 min), Woodside Animal Farm (15 min). Shopping: Milton Keynes (20 min), London (45 min), Bicester (60 min) A discount shopping village.


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Gostelow House, a grade II listed, 16th century half-timbered house
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Unique house perfect for a group

  • 5 of 5

We spent last weekend at Gostelow House (Aug 17) and had an amazing time. We travelled as a group of 14 for a very relaxed hen weekend and our party included 3 small babies. The house is definitely unique and the garden is beautiful. It is a home rather than a holiday rental and this is worth noting as there are personal belongings in everywhere in the house. Carole, the owner, is very helpful and friendly. She provided us with lots of information beforehand and answered all the questions I had. She very generously provided us with champagne and allowed us to use her extensive kitchenware during our visit. We unfortunately had an accident whilst there involving one of her lovely plate decorations and she was very understanding about it. She was also kind enough to organise meeting in London to return some items that had been left behind. During our stay, we had a BBQ, made a 3 course homecooked meal and played games. We ventured out to Bedford one afternoon for tea (about half an hour away). I'd recommend this property to anyone hoping to a have a getaway somewhere a little bit different.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Fabulous weekend away

  • 5 of 5

Spent the weekend here with a group of friends to celebrate a thirty-somethingth birthday.

The house is really charming, the garden is beautiful. Plenty of room for 12 people. We made great use of the barbecue, swimming pool and croquet set.

Carole was really helpful throughout. Clear communication, accomodated all our whims, returned the deposit in full and left us a couple of champagne as a welcome gift. Much appreciated!

Would definitely recommend staying here. We're looking for an excuse to come visit again!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Beautiful setting for a relaxed hen party

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 14 who came to enjoy a relaxed hen party last weekend! Gostelow house is absolutely beautiful - we were fortunate enough to enjoy excellent weather so were able to make use of the stunning gardens, pool and outdoor bar. I would come back for the garden alone (if only Carole could guarantee the weather!) as it was perfect for our 'mini festival' in the back garden.

The house itself was lovely - its definitely important to bear in mind that this is actually someones home - so it's slightly different to renting a holiday home/apartment - however this doesn't affect the enjoyment, if anything it makes you feel even more at home.

Carole was fantastic throughout the booking and organising process - she couldn't have been more helpful and efficient with returning deposits etc. And the two bottles of champagne left in the fridge for us were gratefully received!

All in all a wonderful time was had by all - we are planning an excuse (any excuse will do) to come back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Absolutely Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

I have recently come back from organising a hen do here and we had a great stay. The house is very old and charming and the grounds are beautiful and there's a pool!!! The weekend we stayed the weather was roasting so the pool was great to have. There were 13 of us and there was plenty of space and the weekend was really comfortable. Carole was great and answered all my questions and provided lots of useful information. Carole even left 2 bottles of champagne for us which was very generous. I would definitely recommend this house for anyone wanting a break in the country or for hen party's.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Perfect setting for a hen weekend

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house in stunning grounds and the owner couldn't be more helpful while you are preparing for your stay. It is her home so storage is limited but I think that adds to the house's charm. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Fabulous house for a weekend away with friends

  • 5 of 5

Carole was incredibly helpful in the booking period, prompt in replying to emails, and answered all of my many questions over the space of few months.

She was flexible with our arrival time and left the keys for us as she wasn't able to be there. The house was clean and tidy with 2 bottles of champagne waiting to greet us!

We slept 13 girls comfortably including the sofa bed in the living room and a fold out bed in the study. Lots of bedding and towels to spare. We prepared a dinner and all fit around the dining room table.

Would be lovely in the summer to make the most of the garden and pool.

Returned the full deposit the day after we checked out.

Thank you again for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Luton Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Star
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
M1 junction 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
The Star
Nearest Ski
27 Kilometres
Milton Keynes
Car: recommended

Other Activities: clay pigeon shooting


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,420.66

Bank Holiday weekends minimum 3 night stay.

Airport transfers can be arranged.

Catering options can be arranged.

Any associated fees i.e. online payment/credit card fees/currency fees to be borne by the renter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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